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Article: 2015 Year in Review By Mona Shah, Esq. & Omar Hakim, Esq.

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Focus: PERM for Experts
The second session of the seminar series "PERM for Experts" will be taking place this Thursday, January 21st. The Discussion Leader is Lynn O'Brien, and other speakers for this series include Ruth Clark, Pam Genise, Chuck Gillman and others to be announced. The curriculum is as follows:

FIRST Phone Session on Thursday, December 17, 2015 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. (Eastern Time) - Prevailing Wage Best Practices: Setting up Prevailing Wage Requests, Obtaining the Prevailing Wage Determination, Courses of Action if the PWD Seems Incorrect or if changes occur to the position
(You will receive a CD-ROM of this session)

  • Setting expectations with the client regarding current processing times and drafting the prevailing wage request
    • Are you suggesting the OFLC wage or alternative wage survey? Are you using private surveys? What surveys are successful?
    • Are you requesting "Computer Occupations, All Others (15-1199)?"
    • Are you drafting the request with enough specificity to ensure you will not receive an RFI? Any tips? If duties are "design and develop", are you listing what the employee is expected to design? How much specificity is required?
    • Do you provide a generic job description and duties (or list all)? Is it possible to get a generic wage determination to use for batch recruitment?
    • Travel language included on the wage request? Alternative requirements included?

  • Obtaining the Prevailing Wage Determination
    • If it was classified properly, proceed. Any further considerations?
    • If it was not classified the way that you requested/anticipated, what are the courses of action? Do you re-submit? Do you edit duties/alter requirements? Do you seek reconsideration?

  • What do you do if the requirements change after you have submitted the request, but before filing the PERM? Can you salvage the wage?

SECOND Phone Session on Thursday, January 21, 2016 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. (Eastern Time) - PERM Recruitment Best Practices
  • Mandatory Recruitment
  • Three Additional Types of Recruitment
  • Resume Review
  • Reasonable Period of Training

THIRD Phone Session on Thursday, February 4, 2016 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. (Eastern Time) - TBD

For additional information, including speaker biographies and to register, please see:
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Don't delay, act today. The registration deadline for the second session is Tuesday, January 22nd at 11:59pm. Can't make one of the sessions? Don't worry, we will send you a recording of any session you have missed.

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Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Duluth, GA. American CyberSystems, Inc. (ACS) is a global information technology services company offering IT and engineering consulting, healthcare, and workforce management solutions to Fortune 1000 companies across all major industries. ACS is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia with offices throughout the U.S., Canada, Latin America, and India. Our Duluth, Georgia office has an opportunity for a full-time immigration paralegal to join our in-house Global Mobility practice. Duties will include preparation and filing of non-immigrant and immigrant petitions and labor certification applications. Our outstanding paralegals also compile and analyze case facts, draft correspondence, maintain and organize client documentation and directly communicate with our employees nationwide and overseas. Ideal candidates should possess strong writing skills, proficiency with MS Word and Outlook, and excellent attention to detail, and be able to multi-task and work independently toward team goals. Strong case management and organizational skills are required. One to 3 years of experience with H-1B filings is strongly preferred. Salary commensurate with applicant's experience. We offer competitive benefits, including health insurance and paid time off. ACS is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, or any other status protected by law. Please provide a resume and references to:

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The Economics of Immigration: Market-Based Approaches, Social Science, and Public Policy by Benjamin Powell - Oxford University Press; 1 edition (September 21, 2015) - Hardcover: 272 pages, ISBN: 0190258780, $90.83 -

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